I have never been to Washington. It's on my list and hopefully we get to go there next year. It's the centre of political power of the US and in parts also of the world, which makes it super interesting for anyone dedicating their life to politics, communications and making change.

Well, at the moment, the political landscape in the US is not so inspiring. It's rather frightening. To be honest it is a disgrace to see how values like democracy, liberty and freedom - be it media freedom, women's right to decide over the own body, everybody's right to health care etc - are challenged an even trying to be controlled. This is when it's even more important than ever that the EU sticks together and defends those values, that we all should be able to take for granted.

As if I can't get enough of the political game, I recently watched Borgen, the Danish political drama television series, where Birgitte Nyborg becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. It's fictive, but its story is realistic, the characters are multi-dimensionally human and the world is not so far from my own world up in the wing of the European Parliament.. Involving a journalist, press officer and the Prime Minister itself, I was caught from the first moment. Seeing the failure of Sweden electing a female Prime Minister - although we have had a lot of competent candidates, as well as the US, with Hillary Clinton losing the presidency although she got more votes. If you haven't watched this series of three season. Do it!

After that I gave House of Cards a try (the American version), and I liked it in the beginning, but after the journalist got killed, pushed in front of a train in the metro, I left it. It had become too unrealistic, exaggerated, brutal and dark. Well, with Trump it is more of an uninspiring satire of reality.

I left the series for the West Wing. Yes, this series of six seasons is definitely way more worth my time!. It is a progressive, more intelligent and fair series that I can relate to and that inspires me to become even sharper and smarter in my job. Needless to say, the Press Secretary CJ Craig is of course my favourite character. Who wouldn't wish they were her with her sense of humour and competence and who isn't afraid to speak her mind and challenge the system? Although I at the same time wish they would have given her a few more female features and made her less exposed to the traditional patriarchal traditions. Despite tv show being nearly over one decade old, it's as much relevant to the world we live in today, as we lived in then, which makes it more relevant than ever. And I like how it focuses on the actual political governing instead of plotting and conspiracies.

What inspiring political series do you watch? Any recommendations for me?

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My sister Laila is a successful blogger, way better than I am. I'm just doing this for fun next to my job (and as you know, it's a quite demanding one) and I don't really have as much time for it as I wish. Now I've also started German classes, meaning I'll have yet another fun challenge this autumn! But in any case, for those of you speaking Swedish there is a guest blog post by me at her blog https://lailas.me that you should check out! Any if you don't already, follow her blog for lots of good reading about beauty, interior design and family life.

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My summer holidays in Greece feel so far away! Moving, getting settled, arranging my birthday party, working, mission to Strasbourg... It has been quite a lot going on in the last weeks. There is always something to do, errands to run, places to be.

So I have decided that now it is time to take one of my well needed breaks and just slow down for a few days. Time to give my body and mind a little rest every now and then in order for it to recharge. So this weekend I will start with step one - clearning my calendar and not fill it with anything. Meaning that this weekend I just have my gym sessions scheduled (that is the best physical "meditation" for me) and for the rest I am free to do whatever. Great right? It also meant that I needed to decline a few invitations. Saying no is difficult because it means you're missing out, but sometimes it is also necessary to get time to refuel.

My second step - more long term - is to keep watching an episode of The West Wing one or two evenings per weeks (if you haven't seen it, do it. At least if your into politics, it's really well produced!). Because I have noticed that I like the series so much that while doing it I don't multitask at all - not even checking my phone.

Talking about multitasking. That's step 3. While multitasking sometimes may be super efficient, it can also be dangerous for the brain to my experience. It causes more stress than it relieves. So. No more multitasking (unless it's really needed). At least not this weekend.

My best piece of advice however, that I always do actually, no matter if it is a busy day or not, is to go to bed early. For me that means around 22.30-23.00 with no phone, book or any other distracting gadgets around. It is the best all year round relaxation for me.

What are your best ways to relax and recover?

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I want to relive Saturday over and over and over again! It was a totally magical day, including a very funny photo session with my family, boyfriend and childhood friends. I got the pictures already and they are totally adorable! We'll make some enlargements and put them in our hallway.

I can really recommend anyone having such a big celebration to get a professional photographer, because pictures are really efficient in catching the moments and bringing back memories. When I got them on Monday afternoon, I was totally drained of energy, but as soon as I saw them I got really energised and filled with happiness and thankfulness again. It's worth every single euro! The photo shoot was a bit stiff in the beginning, but as soon as we started playing - jumping with the balloons, running, carrying each other etc there was so much laughter and there were no tense smiles anymore.

The photo shoot was followed by a tasty Belgian mussels dinner and the last preparations before the guests arrived. And then the party started! Beautiful speeches, singing the birthday song in all the guests' different languages (at the same time) eating a delicious birthday cake, dancing (including the waltz, all princesses who have a ball need to also have a waltz) and talking.

My sister helped me with my makeup, a hairdresser tried to make my hair obey for once and my tailor made dress was just perfect, making me feel like a princess at the ball!The best part was of course to have my whole family there. That meant the most to me. And of course, all the guests, travelling from all over Europe, showing up just because of me. It was a totally magical evening that I wish everyone will experience at some point in their lives!

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It's happening!! The guests have started to arrive in Brussels and I'm super exhausted from all the planning and arranging, but also very happy! Unfortunately I had some last minute cancellations, which of course was sad because it was dear friends who I had been looking forward to see again, but I'm trying to focus on the ones that actually will attend.

Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will be better than predicted (showers) so that I can have the outdoor shooting I had planned. Indoors wouldn't be too much fun and I have the perfect location (Botanique).... let's hope it stays dry!!! I'll try go to bed early today, tomorrow will be a loooong day!

On the picture - me and my sister at the European Parliament.

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Feeling like the happiest girl in the world! Thank you everyone for your phone calls, emails, messages, cards, cakes, gifts, flowers, singing and everything else! Being 30 is so far not too bad🎁🎉🎂❤️ Now, I'm looking forward to Saturday! ☺️

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It's weekend and lots of fun things going on. This morning I went to the hairdresser for the rehearsal session ahead of next week. I'll look a bit like Yasmine, the princess in Aladdin next weekend, actually :-)

Later today we're going to friends' wedding reception and for the rest it's all about finishing the house.

Have a nice sunny Saturday!

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Today, in the middle of a task at work, it struck me. It's my last week of being 29-something . I texted it to a friend, who has her birthday just a day before mine, and she replied "Pfff, let's go! 30 will be great!" Well, the alternative to not turning 30 is definitely much worse of course.

Getting wrinkles and grey hair is scary. I don't really have them yet, and my body is in great shape, but still, people in their thirties do look old(er) and I don't really like to age anymore. Can I stay like this forever?

But it's not so much the physical change that bothers me. Instead it is that I can't help feeling frightened of my future. I mean, although age is just a number, 30 is a dreaded next step, and I have worked quite tirelessly to try to achieve everything I told myself I should before that third decade hits. It didn't work, of course but I did do my best and I have gotten far, but not far enough. According to me. I can't help but wonder. Will I have time for everything I still want to do and want to achieve? And will I do it on time?

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It has been a few super busy weeks since my last post. Sorry for that. Work started again with it's strongest intensity, we have finally moved into our house and I am doing the final preparations for my 30th birthday party next weekend, so well, not a single minute over to keep you posted. But now I do!

We're in the final stage of getting installed in the house now. Just the garden furniture to assemble, guest room to prepare and pictures to hang. Hopefully it will all be done this weekend. Although we have lived there in less than two weeks it already feels like home and once everything is ready it will be just great! Then I can get back to my normal life where I don't need to together IKEA furniture until ten in the evening after a long day at work., but just enjoy being home.

On the birthday party planing, it is reaching it's final stage, but there are still a few details that need to be arranged, like the last meeting with the photographer and the ordering of the boutonnieres, but nothing major any longer. Once my family and friends arrive it will be lots of fun, I just hope the sun will be with us that weekend.

And then we have work of course. Oh yeah! Getting back to working long hours five days per week when I so quickly got used to not working, was difficult. But I still find it fun to go to work everyday and it will be an interesting autumn with the German elections, the continued Brexit negotiations, fight to put together a truly European asylum system etc. So well, no risk I will find it boring in the office.

And then I am making a new attempt with the German. I am now enrolled for an online course that I need to do to hours per week of. I will have to start at the beginners level (yes, it's frustrating to have to start from scratch) and learn it the hard way. But at least now I have a grammar book Swedish to German, that hopefully can help explain some (not so logical) difficulties.

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Ah!! I'm too excited! Ever since we got back from Greece everything has circled around the move and on Saturday it's happening! That's when we make the bulk move into our house! We got the keys yesterday already, and my totally uncontrollable excitement was a fact.

It's like a fairytale coming true. Housie is not top renovated and in a perfect state, instead it has history and lots of charm. Besides, a house is made of wall and beams while a home is made of love and dreams, and I'm sure we'll love living there for the many years we have in front of us.

Yesterday after work was spent cleaning the new place (the old tenants hadn't really done it thoroughly) including the handles and switches (my mum taught me that, because it's places where people don't really think of cleaning but that has lots of bacteria.) Today it's the windows that will get shiny.

Later on it will be our garden getting rid of weeds and plants and bushes that got wild. But that's later! We do have a lot of spiders in the garden...

Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well on Saturday!

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